It's National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The UST Sexual Violence Prevention Programming Committee is sponsoring several events in recognition of the month because, yes, sexual assault happens at St. Thomas.
The events include these opportunities:
- One in Four, a nationally recognized program for college men, will bring four recent college graduates to campus as part of its national RV tour. Program representatives will speak to men about what they can do to end sexual violence from 6 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium.
- Roberta Gibbons is the associate director of the Aurora Center at the University of Minnesota and project director for the U.S. Department of Justice's "Grants to Reduce Violence Against Women on Campus." She will present two programs to UST women on Thursday, April 26. One, "The Power to Make a Difference: What Women (and Men) Can Do To Reduce Violence in Their Everyday Lives," is for women leaders from 5 to 6 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. She will give a talk for all women, "Green M&Ms and Other Legends: Understanding Rape in a Culture of Confusion," at 7:30 p.m. in OEC auditorium.
- A rally against rape and other forms of violence will be held at the arches on Monday evening, April 30. Take Back the Night will be open to everyone and begins at 8 p.m.
- Learn self-defense, “yell and hit stuff,” at the Women’s Self- Defense Class on from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, in the third-floor sport court, O'Shaughnessy Hall athletic building.
- Information tables will be available during the convo hour (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) on Tuesday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 25, in the lower quadrangle. Pick up a teal lapel ribbon to show your support and sign your name in a chalk circle to speak out against sexual assault. Posters and table tents with information about sexual assault will be located around campus throughout the month.